HILLSIDE COURT

In the Hillside Court community, Embrace Richmond supports the community development efforts of the Hillside Court Partnership. Since 2008, Embrace Richmond has provided coaching, training and grants to Hillside residents who have started the following initiatives: Mobile Food Pantry, Computer Lab, Family Support Team, Senior Team, Girls Cheerleading, Numerous Youth Sports teams, Men’s Support Team.  We are thankful for our congregational partners: The Brandermill Church and Trinity United Methodist Church for their continued support of Hillside Court.

 

 

2015: Our Most Impactful Year

2015: Our Most Impactful Year

As we reflect on this past year, the word that comes to mind is impactful. At the beginning of 2015, we were engaged in asset-based community development efforts in two neighborhoods. At the end of 2015, we are blessed to be supporting efforts in seven neighborhoods with two more community engagement efforts under development. This rapid expansion in asset-based community development efforts across Metro Richmond is the direct result of the hard work of our community partners who successfully completed both our Mission Shift training programs and the summer Dream Catcher projects. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to train over 200 church and community leaders in ABCD in 2015. The video below contains the highlights of this past year: The most exciting achievement this year was the expansion of the Dream Catcher project which engaged over 20 neighborhood youth in the community building efforts in their neighborhoods. As a result of their hard work, seven new action teams were formed. These teams are addressing issues of safety, community connectedness, economic revitalization, school strengthening and youth activities. Below is a short video about this project: Additionally, Embrace Richmond turned 10 years old this year and celebrated our 10 year journey with nearly 100 of our closest friends and supporters. We have captured the highlights of this 10 year journey in this video. The amazing year we had would not have been possible without our community partners, our donors, our wonderful staff, the hardworking neighborhood leaders, our board of directors and the countless volunteers who have served so faithfully. Please help us make 2016 even more impactful by...
Seeking The Good Community

Seeking The Good Community

The three young people chose a simple name for their ideal community they were building. “The Good Community,” one young man said. Inside the Good Community, there would be block parties for the kids, a swimming pool with a diving board, a playground with swings, and animals. A sign would rise above the tranquility. “No Trespassing.” You would need to pass through metal detectors to enter The Good Community. “There’s no violence,” the young man said. Here, in the Hillside Court public housing community, the young people know the truth – so many of the problems come from the outside. Inside Hillside, there are plenty of gifted people who care deeply about these children, people working to make this a Better Community. To support their efforts, Embrace Richmond has awarded the Hillside Court Partnership (HCP) a $500 Dream Catcher Grant for summer 2015. It will enable young people who gathered Tuesday – for pizza and a hard look at what Hillside Court is today and what it can be – to hit the streets this summer along with friends from HCP partner The Brandermill Church, capturing the dreams of neighbors and looking for common vision to pursue for a brighter future. At a table across the room, three more young people used Legos and colored pens to design their ideal community. They called it, “The Virginia Union Express.” “All the people in the community are one, that’s why (we chose) Union,” a young man said. He echoed the sentiments of those who designed The Good Community. “It’s non-violent,” he said. The world as they know it now? “When it...